Silver Spring ENT & Laser Center
Ernest M. Myers, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Otolaryngologist located in Silver Spring, MD
There’s a highly effective and safe laser treatment that significantly reduces or eliminates the appearance of your scars without a single burn – PicoSure®. Ernest M. Myers, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Silver Spring ENT & Laser Center is a well-respected ENT specialist and head and neck surgeon committed to providing the residents of Silver Spring and Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia with cosmetic care that is backed by medical science and expertise. He’s put his stamp of approval on the PicoSure laser system for scar revision. Contact the office today to schedule your consultation.
Scar Revision Q & A
What is PicoSure?
PicoSure uses innovative laser technology to restore your skin’s texture and youthful appearance without the pain and recovery time that’s often associated with other aesthetic laser treatments. Traditional lasers use heat energy to burn away the top layer of skin. This stimulates production of your body’s own healing substances, such as collagen, to restore health to your skin. This natural process also improves your skin’s texture and appearance. But it’s often painful and sometimes causes significant redness and swelling that may require several weeks to resolve completely.
PicoSure is a short-pulse laser that uses physics and medical science rather than heat energy to reduce the appearance of or eliminate scars. PicoSure delivers energy rapidly (in trillionths of a second) via its Focus™ lens array. This converts the laser energy into gentle pressure waves that effectively activate the body’s natural healing process without causing the burn and other side effects associated with some skin resurfacing techniques.
Will it work for me?
PicoSure is an FDA-approved treatment for significant acne scarring and other skin irregularities, such as the redness (hyperpigmentation) that often remains long after your acne outbreaks have ceased. The treatment may not eliminate the deepest scars but greatly reduces their appearance.
Some laser treatments are not recommended for dark or suntanned skin because the laser energy is drawn to darker pigments in the skin and can cause unexpected damage to the tissue. PicoSure’s innovative use of laser energy means it’s safe to use on all skin types.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the conditions being treated, you may require 2-5 sessions for optimal results. PicoSure treatments are typically spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
What is the treatment like?
The sessions generally last about 10-15 minutes. During treatment, most people report only mild discomfort. It’s often described as feeling like a rubber band snapping lightly against your skin. Even that can be eliminated with numbing cream.
What is the recovery time?
Patients typically experience one to three hours of minor swelling and redness following a PicoSure treatment. Because the laser does not burn the skin, you can use moisturizers, sunscreen, and makeup immediately after a session and may return to work or other routine activities right away.